1. City of Sanctuary (CoS)
City of Sanctuary- see here: www.cityofsanctuary.org/about/
City of Sanctuary UK Charter- click here: Charter-July-2017
City of Sanctuary Films: https://cityofsanctuary.org/resources/background/film/
2. Exeter City of Sanctuary (ExCoS):
ExCoS: ‘Key Messages’ – Click on link to download ExCoS KeyMessages
Pledges of Support –Ideas for Action: (Concrete examples and suggestions of how organisations or individuals can support refugees and help make Exeter a welcoming city.
Refugee Action have also produced a general guide on some ways people can assist and welcome a newly arrived refugee they have met. Refugee Action: Help_that_a_Newly_Arrived_Refugee_Might_Need
4. Immigration, Asylum, Refugees, Unaccompanied Minors …Facts, Figures, and the Meaning of Terms
- FAQ: There is sometimes confusion about the difference between the terms ‘refugee’, ‘asylum seeker’ and ‘economic migrant.’ See some definitions by clicking here:
- British Red Cross- Facts and Figures: http://www.redcross.org.uk/en/What-we-do/Refugee-support/Refugee-facts-and-figures
- Refugee Council: Top 20 facts about refugees and asylum seekers: www.refugeecouncil.org.uk/latest/news/4805_top_20_facts_about_refugees_and_asylum_seekers
- Refugee Council: Ref_C_TILII_APRIL_2017_
5.Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASCs):
Unaccompanied children and young people seeking asylum are supported by Local Authorities (‘looked after’) under the provisions of Children Act 1989. Children can arrive in UK spontaneously,through their own efforts (e.g on lorries, ) or be brought by traffickers. Alternatively arrangements can be made by the Home Office for very vulnerable unaccompanied children in the EU to be relocated to UK under either the ‘Dubs’ Amendment or Family Reunion (Dublin 111) schemes.
This fact sheet by Coram’s Children’s Legal Centre gives an outline of services a child or young person may receive here from LAs as well as some information on family re-unification, the ‘Dubs’ relocation scheme and the National Transfer Scheme. Coram Unaccompanied children-factsheet
House of Lords- EU Committee report: ‘Children in crisis: unaccompanied migrant children in EU’ 2016-17 ( click here; House of Lords Report-‘Children in Crisis’ UASC)
Fact Sheets: ‘Refugees in the UK’ and ‘Refugees -the UK and EU : These are from the charity Fullfact.org which give statistics about refugees and asylum seekers in UK and EU. www.fullfact.org/immigration/uk-refugees/ and www.fullfact.org/immigration/asylum-seekers-uk-and-europe/
6. Devon’s Response – Resettlement
(Click on links to be taken to the relevant documents)
- Devon County Council: UASC: Council leader John-Hart’s-Report-to-County Council-Oct-2016 UASC; John Hart’s Report to full Council Council. Oct 2016 -pdf
- Devon County Council: Syrian family Resettlement: Information about DCC’s involvement and resettlement pledge commitments can be found here . Or see -https://new.devon.gov.uk/refugees-in-devon/
- Exeter City Council ( https://exeter.gov.uk/-Syrian family Resettlement: How can private landlords help give a new life and safety to vulnerable Syrian families?. Information on what the Council are looking for in order to resettle Syrian families and what they offer etc is on their website here ( The link to the Council’s private leasing scheme is near the end of their website’s Home page and titled ‘A Life away from war’. More info. here.
- A Safe Haven: Devon’s Response to the Refugee Crisis
List of books for children/young people: : A_selection_of_books_about_asylum_se1 (pdf)
rafi+friends -Hopes & Dreams Project: connecting refugee children with UK school children through their hopes and dreams. See here: http://www.rafiandfriends.com/rafi_the_refugee_rabbit_reading_by_the_author_pauline_spearpoint-r8760
City of Sanctuary hosts ‘Asylum Matters’ who campaign nationally on destitution and homelessness among asylum seekers and refugees in the UK. This year (2017) the CoS ‘Sanctuary in Parliament’ event with ‘Asylum Matters’ is on the theme of Destitution and the need for urgent policy changes. SiP-Destitution-Policy-Briefing
- The British Red Cross is very involved in supporting asylum seekers and refugees experiencing destitution. Their research reveals destitution is becoming an increasingly widespread problem and is on the rise. www.redcross.org
- Locally ‘Refugee Support Devon‘ (RSD Ltd) provide emergency assistance to destitute asylum seekers and refugees.
8. Detention: Immigration Detention in the UK.
Detention Forum: A coalition of lead campaigning groups working nationally for reform on issues of detention. http://detentionforum.org.uk
In March 2015 the All Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees and the All Party Parliamentary Group on Migration published a report on the use of Detention. CBP-7294
The panel’s broad conclusions included the following:
We believe that the UK uses detention disproportionately and inappropriately. When compared with other countries, we detain more than most other European countries and for longer. This practice cannot be justified based on the number of applications we receive to remain in the UK, or on evidence that it enables us effectively to persuade those who are refused leave to remain to leave the country. The system is hugely costly to the tax-payer and seriously detrimental to the individuals we detain in terms of their mental and physical well-being.9
Introducing a maximum time limit on the length of detention
• Providing for automatic judicial oversight of decisions to detain
• Exploring alternatives to immigration detention, such as community-based case management approaches, learning from
Panorama, Undercover: Britain’s Immigration Secrets
A very disturbing documentary and deeply uncomfortable viewing. It documents an undercover investigation into Brook House, one of the UK’s 13 Immigration Removal with very serious allegations of abuse by staff.